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2021 NFL Pro Bowl fan voting opens today; game to go virtual in ‘Madden NFL 21’
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2021 NFL Pro Bowl fan voting opens today; game to go virtual in ‘Madden NFL 21’

Today, the National Football League and Electronic Arts announced plans to transform the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl presented by Verizon by going virtual in Madden NFL 21. The opening of the Pro Bowl Fan Vote presented by Verizon also kicks-off today, along with the unveiling of early details of an all-new virtual Pro Bowl experience within Madden NFL 21. After the announcement that the Pro Bowl game will not be played in Allegiant Stadium in 2021, the NFL will incorporate several additional elements which will ultimately comprise this new virtual Pro Bowl experience. EA SPORTS and the NFL will create a week-long series of matchups featuring celebrities, NFL Legends, current players, and streamers playing as the official Pro Bowl rosters in Madden NFL 21. These matchups will culminate in an actio...
Jamal Adams happy to be with Seahawks: ‘Jets were the laughingstock’
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Jamal Adams happy to be with Seahawks: ‘Jets were the laughingstock’

Having missed a quartet of contests with a groin injury and now dealing with a shoulder ailment with his team amid a two-game skid, safety Jamal Adams is still happy and relieved to be just where he is with the Seattle Seahawks. Traded from the New York Jets to the Seahawks in July, Adams desired a new contract, but, upon looking back recently, he was forthcoming that moving on from New York was about far more than a new deal. "I fought depression in New York," Adams said on the "All Things Covered” podcast, via the New York Post. "And I'm man enough to say it. I came home after a tough loss and just sat in my room in the dark -- no phone, no TV. (My dad) hated to see me like that. It killed my pops so much. ... He was calling my agent at the time and saying, 'Hey man, I don't like s...
Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo ‘to be our starter next year’
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Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo ‘to be our starter next year’

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is optimistic quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can return this season and the coach is likewise dedicated to Garoppolo being the franchise QB beyond this year. "I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year," Shanahan said Tuesday, via The Athletic's David Lombardi. "I mean, I expect him to come and play with us this year. We have six games left. We are not out of the playoffs yet." Despite having led the 49ers to a Super Bowl berth last season, Garoppolo's stay as San Francisco's franchise quarterback has come under a firestorm of scrutiny. Currently, Garoppolo is one of myriad 49ers starters sidelined by injury as he's on injured reserve with an ankle injury -- his second ankle ailment of the year as he's missed four games this year. Pundits have pointe...
Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) expected to practice Wednesday
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Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) expected to practice Wednesday

Though Teddy Bridgewater excited the Carolina Panthers' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday early with an MCL sprain, initial reports were that the injury was not believed to be serious. Those reports are coming to fruition as Bridgewater is expected to practice on Wednesday in a limited basis, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday. The sprain is considered minor, Pelissero added, and coach Matt Rhule expressed optimism on Monday in regard to Bridgewater being available against the Lions, who are likewise optimistic of having their banged-up quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Bridgewater's sprain came to be when he was hit from behind by Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and conjured up a scare due to Bridgewater's past knee injuries that ruined a promising start t...
Bears QB Nick Foles carted off in final moments of ‘MNF’ loss vs. Vikings
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Bears QB Nick Foles carted off in final moments of ‘MNF’ loss vs. Vikings

In a matter of seconds, the Bears went from a team hellbent on avoiding another crushing loss to one hoping it didn't lose its starting quarterback. Chicago (5-5) dropped its fourth straight game on Monday night, falling to the division rival Vikings (4-5), 19-13. A potentially serious injury to Nick Foles, who was carted off in the game's closing moments, made this latest defeat an even tougher pill to swallow as the club heads into its much-needed bye week. "When I got out there right away, I wasn't sure what it was," Bears coach Matt Nagy said after the game. "I didn't know if it was like his ribs or shoulder or what. And then, when I saw, the amount of pain that he was in on the ground. You know, I hope he's OK, but he was in a lot of pain and he's a tough dude. When you see that, y...
Chadiha: Vikings have reemerged as legit playoff contender
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Chadiha: Vikings have reemerged as legit playoff contender

The NFC has been such a roller-coaster ride that it's fitting to see Minnesota reemerging as a legitimate playoff contender. The Vikings have been beaten up, written off and yet somehow they're still lingering around the postseason discussion, especially after their Monday night win over Chicago. This was a last-place team just a few weeks ago. Now it's a squad hitting its stride at an incredibly opportunistic moment. It's easy to come away from Minnesota's 19-13 win over Chicago with the sense that the Bears are in free-fall. The smarter move would be to focus on what's been happening with the Vikings. Our natural urge is to always stare at the wreck on the side of the road. The people who so often do that tend to ignore everything else that is happening around them. It's becoming...
What we learned from Vikings’ win over Bears
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What we learned from Vikings’ win over Bears

Minnesota Vikings 19, Chicago Bears 13 1) Famously winless on Monday Night Football, Kirk Cousins made one of the worst decisions he's ever made late in the second quarter. No, it wasn't on an interception to Khalil Mack – after all, Mack essentially pick-pocketed Adam Thielen more so than picking off Cousins. It came at the end of the play when Mack was drifting out of bounds and Cousins decided to lower his shoulder into Mack, who kindly lowered his and remained standing, while Cousins did not. But at the end of the night, for the first time in his career, Cousins was standing tall on a Monday evening. For whatever reason, the football gods frowned down upon Cousins as he began his career 0-9 on Monday nights, but that monkey has been removed from the Vikings QB's back. Against an excell...
No doubt about Dolphins’ legitimacy after win over Chargers
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No doubt about Dolphins’ legitimacy after win over Chargers

ian Flores' face was hidden behind a mask that spanned from the top of his nose to the bottom of his chin. His eyes were partially shaded by the bill of his baseball cap, and his speech was low and slow, so there was no way to say with certainty whether he was smiling. No surprise there, though. The Dolphins' coach isn't one for public displays of satisfaction, and yet a case could be made that if any of the team's five consecutive wins should have moved the coach, it was Sunday's 29-21 triumph over the Chargers. There is a sporting axiom that managing success is harder than coping with failure, particularly when a franchise is attempting to reverse more than a decade of struggle. Miami is just such a franchise. It finished 5-11 last season in Flores' first year on the job and has had onl...
Russell Wilson’s Seahawks stumble again, blowing NFC West race wide open
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Russell Wilson’s Seahawks stumble again, blowing NFC West race wide open

The NFC West is so tightly contested that in the blink of an eye -- or in the time it took Kyler Murray to scramble to his left, elude a sack, stop just short of the boundary and heave an astonishing Hail Mary about 45 yards into triple coverage in the end zone and for DeAndre Hopkins to somehow shrug off the blanket of defense and grasp the ball out of the air -- the Arizona Cardinals vaulted from third place behind the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks to the division lead. All three teams are 6-3, but Arizona owns the tiebreaker with the best won-loss record within the division at 2-0. And the Cardinals and Seahawks play on Thursday night. "In basketball terminology, that's what they call it when somebody gets dunked on," Hopkins said of his masterpiece. "It was on three people. Th...
Drew Brees suffers rib injury, set to undergo MRI following Saints’ win over 49ers
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Drew Brees suffers rib injury, set to undergo MRI following Saints’ win over 49ers

A rib injury forced Drew Brees to sit out the entire second half of the New Orleans Saints' eventual 27-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Coach Sean Payton revealed after the game that Brees is set to undergo an MRI and X-Rays to determine the severity of the injury. "He took a heavy shot in the first half. As he came out in the second half, he felt it was really impacting him," Payton told reporters. "So, specifically, he'll get an MRI and X-Rays. His back felt sore. As he tried to throw, he just came up to me and said, 'Hey, I don't feel like I'm capable of playing.' And so, quickly, we made the switch and, you know, that happens sometimes. "He felt strong enough about letting me know and I know when he does that, which is probably gonna be the first time in 15 year...